Wisbech Town’s winning run may have come to an end at the weekend, but the news that Callum Reed had turned down a move to local rivals King’s Lynn Town was sweet enough for Fenmen fans.
The United Counties League side put in a seven-day approach last week for the midfield player, signed from Stamford Town before Christmas, but an improved offer from the Wisbech board helped manager Steve Appleby keep his man.
A number of clubs have been tracking Reed, a former Peterborough United youth player, recently after impressing with his performances with Wisbech and Appleby has been mindful of the attention.
Appleby commented: “He is a good player who has played higher and naturally clubs are going to be interested. But it shows the club’s intentions when they can keep a player when King’s Lynn come knocking.
“It is great news for the club that he is staying and you always want to keep your best players. If it had been a bigger club from the Conference you would not want to stand in his way but King’s Lynn, Stamford and Deeping are no bigger clubs than us.
“We want to progress as well and it is heartening when the board back you and help keep a player at the club with an improved offer.”
Earlier this year the Linnets signed five Wisbech players but only goalkeeper Alex Street and Robbie Harris remain with them, while Billy Smith has since returned to the Fenmen and Scott Cubberley and Stuart Ablett have stopped playing this season.
It is a big boost for Wisbech fans that their club can hold on to their players now when former boss Gary Setchell returns to sign yet another player.